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1964 Track Team Honored


Here’s a fun ‪#‎ThrowbackThursday‬ for you. 50 years ago, the 1964 Fresno State Track & Field team won the department’s first ever NCAA College Division Championship!

The winning team will be honored during halftime at Saturday’s football game as the Bulldogs take on the Thunderbirds of Southern Utah. Fresno State Athletics recently published a fantastic in-depth piece on the 15-member team, which includes Red Estes – a former faculty in the department of Kinesiology. You can read that article and take a nostalgic trip back in time with members of the team, at the following LINK and/or by viewing the video above.

Congrats to the 1964 Track & Field team for 50 years of #bulldog memories!

[ Photos courtesy of: Fresno State Athletics ]

Join The Talk Sept. 18th!

Join the College of Health and Human Service faculty and Centers/Institutes staff as we talk shop, connect, learn and inspire collaboration for present and future research opportunities! The very first CHHS Shop Talk is happening Thursday, September 18th. Shop Talk will happen every third Thursday during the academic year, from 3:30 – 5:00 pm. Each session will highlight the research and work of two faculty within the college.

Come and learn about the Central Valley Concussion Consortium and how you might be able to participate in the promotion of a “Play It Safe” program for student athletes from Dr. Fran Pomaville, assistant professor in the department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies; and learn “Who are Mexican-Americans in South Texas Seeking For Help  – a Folk Healer or Therapist?” from Dr. Iran Barrera, associate professor in the department of Social Work Education.

Dr. Iran Barerra
Dr. Fran Pomaville

Please note: Shop Talk is currently open only to faculty and staff. To reserve your spot or to learn more, please contact Diahann Gutierrez at 

Student Spotlight: Jessica Jacobo Lopez

Jessica LopezFresno State Public Health student, Jessica Jacobo Lopez, is a ‪‎Discovery‬ Student Ambassador! This initiative, under the Fresno State Alumni Association, allows current student to meet and interact with Fresno State alumni to talk about their student and life experiences since they graduated. It’s a fantastic way to keep the Bulldog pride alive! We’ll be highlighting the Discovery Student Ambassadors within our college, over the next few months. Here is more info on Jessica:

Name: Jessica Jacobo Lopez

Hometown: Castroville, CA

Major: Public Health with a concentration in Health Administration

Passions/Hobbies: Making plans, helping others, being involved, reading, writing and searching for new opportunities.

Degree objective: My goal is to find a career in the Gerontology field. I would like to explore career opportunities such as (but not limited to) Palliative Care programs, assisted living communities and hospitals. My ultimate goal is to become a professor at the university level.

What I love most about Fresno State: I love the academic programs and the Huggins Center, as well as the opportunities to be involved, learn, and give back.

What I plan to do after I graduate: I hope to have a job related to my academic field to gain work-related experience. Once I have 2-3 years of experience, I will apply for my Masters.

View the video above to learn more about Jessica and the work she is doing with Discovery. ‪#‎BulldogBEST‬ ‪#‎LiveWellLeaders‬


Speech and Hearing Clinic To Offer Free Hearing Evaluations

Fresno State’s Speech and Hearing Clinic will offer free hearing evaluations to the campus community and general public during the fall semester. Evaluations will be conducted Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. at the clinic in the Psychology and Human Services Building, Room 222 (5310 N. Campus Drive). The thorough evaluations are completed by graduate students in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies who are supervised by licensed and nationally certified audiologists. Clients must be at least three years of age. Parking permits are available for scheduled appointments. INFO/appointment: 559.278.2422 or

Faculty Highlight: Dr. Paul Ullucci

It’s Friday – and that means it’s time to get to to know our CHHS faculty! One of our new faculty in the Department of Physical Therapy, Dr. Paul Ullucci, was recently on the Speaking of Health with Dr. B radio show to talk about the physical, emotional and psychological scars of sports related concussions. You can check out that broadcast at the link! He was also inducted into the Rhode Island Athletic Trainer’s Hall of Fame. Way to go Dr. Ullucci!

Dr. Paul Ullucci


Celebrating Our Engagement Event to Highlight Faculty Research

The College of Health and Human Services will be hosting its second annual Celebrating our Engagement event, on Thursday, October 23rd from 5:00 – 7:00 PM in North Gym 118. This event is an interdisciplinary open house showcasing outstanding faculty research, exciting new initiatives and innovative student projects. It will give fellow faculty, administrators, alumni and the community a chance to meet and congratulate new and recently promoted faculty members and learn more about the critical role that community engagement plays in achieving the college’s mission and its commitment to Live Well Central California.

Registration for this event is highly encouraged. You may RSVP online at: using RSVP code: CELEBRATE. Please RSVP by October 15, 2014. For any questions regarding registration, please contact Beth Wilkinson at 559.278.5276.

Here is a look back at last year’s inaugural Celebrating our Engagement event. Click on each photo to view larger:


Public Health Professor Reflects on Yes-Means-Yes Bill

The Collegian, Fresno State’s student newspaper, recently published an eye-opening article that touches on what has  become a long-run and hotly debated topic amongst college campuses – sexual assault. The California Senate recently passed the “Yes-Means-Yes” (SB 967) bill that would require both parties to give affirmative consent to sexual activity.

If signed into legislation, it would replace the previous “No-Means-No” standard, which put responsibility on the victim to verbalize his/her consent to sexual activity. September 30th is the deadline, in which California Governor Jerry Brown will be able to sign the SB 967 into legislation. If signed, California will be the first state in the country to adopt a bill of this nature.

The Collegian spoke with Dr. Gregory Thatcher, Assistant Professor in the department of public health, to gain some insight into the bill and the act of sexual assault on college campuses. Here is an excerpt taken from The Collegian:

“It’s more about bringing to light the need for people – not males, for people – to understand the concept of consent,” said Dr. Gregory Thatcher, a Fresno State professor in public health.

While acknowledging the bill has the right intentions, Thatcher said monitoring and enforcing the legislation would be difficult.

“I hope that every state endorses some formal bill that requires consent to be verbal, because it’s showing that solidarity,” Thatcher said. “But they’re all going to face the same problem.”

Thatcher conducted research on sexual assault using more than 1,000 Fresno State students in a study that was published in the International Electronic Journal of Health Education in 2011. He said the vast majority of college females fail to come forward because “a lot of them don’t understand that they’ve been sexually assaulted.”

“They know what it is in the outside world. They don’t know what it is when it’s happened to them,” Thatcher said of sexual assault victims. “So I think that is part of the intent of the bill, to get people to look at if from ‘my own perspective – did I hear the word yes?’ It’s no longer looking for the ‘no.’”

Thatcher’s study showed 17.9 percent of participants were victims of sexual assault. Of those, 4.2 percent reported they were victims of completed rape.

Please take a minute to read more about the Yes-Means-Yes Bill and Dr. Thatcher’s research study on sexual assault at the The Collegian link:

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Our College empowers students to take a whole body approach to improving the quality of life. Our faculty and students are dedicated to helping Central California live well. Click through the slideshow to the right to learn about each of our seven departments within our college: Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies, Kinesiology, Physical Therapy, Public Health, Recreation Administration, School of Nursing and Social Work Education and Gerontology.


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